Relax! Before your Body Forces You To.
Time to get real. During a hot yoga session, I stared my Savasana (think total relaxation or corpse pose at the end) about 15 minutes early. My body just said it was time.
So I listened.
I love to workout. I love being an athlete. I love being strong. And, I can overdo it.
A two hour workout or two workouts a day does not seem unreasonable. But then throw in an EARLY a.m. class and all of a sudden, my body is feeling it and I’m not recovering or worse yet, I’m feeling run down.
Thankfully, I have a built in accountability partner with my husband, Jim. He is ever so timely with that question or comment – always from love – that says “are you sure you want/need to do that? Remember you have this, this and this on your plate this week.”
Yet when I take a breath and listen and truly contemplate the question and look at my schedule, I pause.
Rest and recovery are critical to the human spirit. And if we don’t build in relaxation days – then our body will find a way to force us into rest or recovery.
So we either choose to build relaxation in, or our body will take us down.
I don’t think I’m alone in this. I speak with friends who are working out or training 7 days a week or twice a day and loading the schedule up to the hilt.
I am still learning to take care of me. I encourage you to take care of YOU.
Learn to say no. Even to yourself. Schedule a full recovery day every week. Keep time in your schedule that is empty. Or set to read a book (not the self-help or personal development kind). Take a nap with your kids. Or your luvies. Take care of you.
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